NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

After making a highlight-reel grab, the Cubs’ infielders know they just have to get the baseball into the vicinity of first base most of the time. Anthony Rizzo will take care of the rest. Rizzo’s skills as a defender paid off again on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first base in the National Leagu...

The Associazione Regionale Campania di Chicago celebrated its 30th anniversary on Oct. 18. Founded to promote the culture and customs of Naples and the Campania region, the ARC has a long list of accomplishments. The group has hosted the first North American conference of Neapolitan associations, crowned the first Miss Campania a Chicago, promoted...

This lecture will provide an opportunity to celebrate Raphael in 2020, the 500th anniversary of his death. We’ll talk about Renaissance food, starting with a virtual tour of “Casa Raffaello” in Urbino, exploring the kitchen and common spaces. We will also discuss the historic food of today’s Marche region, focusing especially on a renowned cheese t...

Sam Montalbano, a well-known community volunteer and former Sangamon County Board member, will be honored Wednesday – Veterans Day -- with dedication of a flag pole in his name outside Little Flower Catholic Church and School. "He’s been a really involved member of the parish, an usher at the church for 50 years," said Bill Moredock, principal of t...

Whatever your taste, you can find award-winning wines in Pepin County. A classical Mediterranean-style winery complex is welcoming visitors every day, just a short day trip from several metro locations in the Midwest. At Villa Bellezza you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time to an Italian vineyard. Julianne Dahlen, Villa Bellezza...

Frankie Restifo, known to Clevelanders as "Uncle Frankie," is retiring from Gust Gallucci Italian Foods after working at the business for more than half a century. “We never thought this day would come, but tomorrow, after working with three generations of the Gallucci family, at 93 years old, Uncle Frankie is retiring. Whether through pandemic, de...

10,00 USD Buzzing Taylor Street is the heart of Chicago’s historic Little Italy. Join us for a one-mile walk around this hub of the Italian-American Community. From soaring church steeples to colorful autumn trees, we'll see the spectrum of beauty that Little Italy offers on this two-hour tour. All is socially distanced and outdoor, with options to...

With no Reds fans allowed at Great American Ball Park in 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, LaRosa’s Family Pizzerias changed its long-running fan favorite ‘Strikeouts for Slices’ promotion to ‘Strikeouts for Cincy’. Instead of giving away free pizza, LaRosa’s contributed $1,000 to the Reds Community Fund every time a Reds pitchers struck...

The Chicago White Sox have hired Tony La Russa to be their next manager. The team made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. La Russa, 76, hasn't managed since winning the 2011 World Series with the Cardinals. He jumps past Astros skipper Dusty Baker (age 71) for the title of the oldest manager in baseball. The oldest manager in MLB history was C...

Henry Piano never forgot his roots. His parents immigrated to America from Italy in 1907 and raised a son who embraced his Italian-American heritage. Piano helped found the Italian Community Center and Festa Italiana. Piano, 86, died of cancer Oct. 24. "It was important for him to always remember where we came from," said his son Nick Piano. "He wa...

James Vincent Clemente was born on February 26, 1920 in Akron, Ohio, to Francesco and Vita Clemente in the all-Italian neighborhood of North Hill. He grew up there until graduating from North High School. Before going off to serve, he got married and had a son. He was inducted into the service in the U.S. Army Air Corps on March 9, 1942. He served...

When people we love and admire pass from this earth, invariably we remember first how they were as a person, the lives they touched, and not the worldly things they've amassed. How can I adequately describe this special human being; selfless, humble, wise, quiet man of a few words who had a passion for helping others. A generous heart, never seekin...